Meet the Staff
The professional academic advisors in Engineering Advising follow an alphabetical cohort model of advising based on the last name of each student.
Liane Fitzgerald, Director
Advising students with last names H-K
Liane joined Engineering Advising and the Cornell community in 2016. She earned her B.S. in Professional and Technical Communication from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and her M.S. in Academic Advising from Kansas State University. Preceding Cornell Engineering, Liane spent five years as the Manager of Student Services, and seven years prior as a Senior Academic Advisor, both for the Computer Science Department at RIT.
Liane finds reward in teaching students decision‐making skills and empowering them to be comprehensively aware of their situations. She makes it her responsibility to provide information, options, and assistance so students are better able to make informed decisions consistent with their personal and professional values.
Liane has really enjoyed exploring Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region, taking advantage of what the area has to offer. In her free time, Liane enjoys spending time with friends and family, being a foodie, community gardening, yoga, traveling, movies, and music!
Melissa Bazley, Associate Director
Advising students with last names A-G
Melissa has advised students on a variety of academic, college transition, and personal issues for the last 16+ years. She enjoys working with Cornell Engineering students and faculty because they work hard, are dedicated, and strive to create innovative solutions to complex problems. After finishing her master’s degree, she worked in the Windy City before relocating to the central New York. She enjoys camping in the Adirondacks, spending time on Cayuga Lake, and watching recreational youth sports with her family. Melissa’s advice to new students is to focus on what you have control over - your time management skills, class attendance, study habits, and willingness to ask for help. Ask yourself, “Do my daily habits reflect my desired outcomes?”
Ryan DeLany, Assistant Director
Advising students with last names S-Z
Ryan joined the College of Engineering and Cornell University in August of 2016 after spending more than three years working in the Academic Advising Center at Ithaca College as both a Professional Academic Advisor and Academic Advising Manager. Before coming to Ithaca, Ryan worked as a Retention Counselor at Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smith’s, NY and an Academic Advisor at Bryant & Stratton College in Syracuse, NY. Ryan possesses a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from Le Moyne College, a Master of Science in Education degree from SUNY Oswego, and a Master of Science in Communications degree from Ithaca College.
Ryan’s passion and interest for working in academic advising and student services lies in his belief in holistic student development and in empowering students to make well-informed decisions regarding their academic and personal pursuits. He believes in an advising as teaching philosophy, individualized student support, and in utilizing the vast amount of knowledge and resources available at the University to assist students in navigating their educational careers as best as possible on a daily basis.
When not working with students and the greater Cornell University community, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife Kelsey, daughter Avery, and two dogs Paisley and Wilson. He is also an avid Buffalo Bills fan, loves golfing whenever he is able, and is a self-acclaimed “Seinfeld” trivia expert!
Benjamin Martin, Assistant Director
Advising students with last names L-R
Ben joined the College of Engineering and Cornell University in October of 2017 after spending more than three years as the Director of Field Experiences for the College of Education and Human Development (EDHD) at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Preceding the Director role, Ben served over six years as an academic advisor for EDHD. Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree, and a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel degree from BGSU.
Ben particularly enjoys engaging students in various transitions as they pursue their Bachelor’s degree. He believes in providing support, strategies, and sound information in order to empower student decision making and affirm student dignity. Ensuring students are heard, connecting students to helpful resources, and seeing them make well-informed decisions is the goal for every meeting.
Personally Ben enjoys spending time with his wife (Sara) and children (Asher and Amelia), trail running, playing strategy games (he is always available for Smash Up!) and reading. Tolkien is a particular passion of his and you may chance to hear the Elvish greeting, Mae govannen, when stopping by.
Mary Glick, Program and Publications Coordinator
Mary has been with Engineering Advising since 2007. Acting as Program Coordinator, among her many duties is responsibility for coordinating the annual production of the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook and Orientation, and oversight of office front desk operations. Mary received her Master's in Creative Writing from Syracuse, and in her free time enjoys cooking, jazz, old movies, friends, travel, and gardening.